White House wants $1.6 billion extra for NASA to accelerate astronaut return to the Moon

White House wants $1.6 billion extra for NASA to accelerate astronaut return to the Moon

NASA and the White House will ask Congress for an extra $1.6 billion in next year’s budget to accelerate human missions to the Moon and return people to the lunar surface by 2024. The space agency is requesting these funds in addition to the $21 billion budget that the president already requested for NASA. The funding proposal is laid out in a new budget amendment that NASA officials have been crafting for the last two…

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The Xbox One S with a disc drive costs $50 less than the disc-less model

The Xbox One S with a disc drive costs $50 less than the disc-less model

The Xbox One S with 1TB of internal storage (and a disc drive) currently costs $207.80 at Walmart. This is far less than its usual $299 price, and it’s almost $50 cheaper than Microsoft’s new Xbox One S All-Digital model that omits a Blu-ray disc drive. For context, this price is just a handful of dollars shy of the best price seen during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It doesn’t come with a game, though…

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Apple’s new TV app is still terrible for actually watching TV on iPhones

Apple’s new TV app is still terrible for actually watching TV on iPhones

Apple just released its updated Apple TV app today across iOS and tvOS — it’s a big deal for the company, laying the crucial groundwork for the company’s new TV strategy with direct-to-consumer subscriptions and Apple’s own upcoming Apple TV Plus video streaming service. So why does it still default to portrait mode for playing back video? There’s simply no way around it — actually watching video using Apple’s native TV app is just an…

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Apple Pay will let you rent a Bird scooter without downloading the app

Apple Pay will let you rent a Bird scooter without downloading the app

Apple and Bird are working together to make the process of renting a dockless electric scooter even easier. Soon, anyone with an iPhone can use Apple Pay’s NFC tag to unlock and rent a Bird scooter, completely bypassing the e-scooter company’s app. The news was first mentioned by Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s vice president for internet services, in her keynote at the 2019 Transact conference in Las Vegas, which is geared toward people in the payment…

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Apple chargers are getting hit by Trump’s trade war

Apple chargers are getting hit by Trump’s trade war

On Friday, the US raised import taxes to 25 percent on billions of dollars’ worth of Chinese goods, marking the latest escalation in a growing trade war that has raged on for more than a year. When the tariffs were initially announced, many saw them as a negotiating tactic, designed to put pressure on the ongoing trade talks between President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. But with Trump now in Washington and cheerleading the…

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How to stop Google from keeping your voice recordings

How to stop Google from keeping your voice recordings

Home assistants such as Alexa and Google Assistant are becoming ubiquitous, and as that happens, more and more users are discovering how much of their data is actually being collected by these handy items. The Washington Post’s Geoffrey A. Fowler was so taken aback by the amount of audio material that Amazon collected that he actually made a song out of his clips. If all this makes you uneasy, you can delete the recordings already…

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Vox Sentences: The far-right White House guest

Vox Sentences: The far-right White House guest

Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. Trump meets with Hungary’s far-right prime minister; Sri Lanka imposes its third social media ban following the Easter bombings. Trump welcomes Hungary’s authoritarian leader AFP/Getty Images President Trump welcomed Hungary’s far-right Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to the White House…

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